“The Departed” scribe William Monahan is set to pen a biopic about iconic daredevil Evel Knievel for Paramount Pictures, a film that the studio is hoping to get ‘Departed’ director Martin Scorsese onboard for.
The story is based on the Sheldon Saltman book “Evel Knievel On Tour,” a book infamous for maddening Knievel in its depiction of his life on the road and its revelationo of embarrassing personal details. He got so mad he attacked the author with a baseball bat on the Fox lot and shattered his arm, winding up in all kinds of legal and financial woes.
Terence Winter (“Boardwalk Empire”) and Rachel Winter (“Dallas Buyers Club”) will produce the film which is still in very nascent stages and Scorsese won’t make a decision on attaching until much further down the line.
Various attempts have been made to do a movie about Knievel in recent years, one that Darren Aronofsky and Channing Tatum were circling while another had Betty Thomas and Matthew McConaughey linked.